Niagara Falls MPP Blasts Ford Cuts to Out-of-Country OHIP Coverage

“Ford promised that people of this province would never have to pay out of their pocket for health care, yet that’s exactly what he’s making people do if they leave this province even for a short day trip, and go to the United States.”                                                          – Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gales

A News Release from the Constituency Office of Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates

Posted May 1st. 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates in Ontario legislature. file photo

QUEEN’S PARK –Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates rose in the legislature yesterday to speak out against recent plans from the Ford Government to cancel out-of-country OHIP coverage for residents.

“Ford promised that people of this province would never have to pay out of their pocket for health care, yet that’s exactly what he’s making people do if they leave this province even for a short day trip, and go to the United States,’ said Gates.

“Despite the fact that the Canada Health Act states that residents will be covered by OHIP when they leave this province-that’s in the act-this PC government is removing that vital OHIP coverage for people who leave the province. This isn’t a few people; this is literally thousands, including in my riding.”

“What was the Minister of Health’s response? They can purchase private health insurance if they leave Ontario,” said Gates.

“People already pay health care insurance through their taxes to this government.”

“Ontarians will not accept the Conservatives going forward with this American-style move that puts profit before people and makes it a “no cash, no care” situation. If you’re a resident and taxpayer of this province, then you should get the health care coverage you already pay for.”

Gates also recognized the estimated 20 000 protestors who had descended on Queen’s Park in a rally to reverse healthcare cuts and urge the Government to defend public healthcare.

“I’d like to send my heartfelt thanks and support for all those who have come from around the province today to fight for public health care: paramedics, nurses, PSWs and many more concerned Ontarians. We are with you, we are your voice here and we’ll never let up on our fight for publicly funded, publicly run and publicly delivered health care.”

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space following the Bernie Sanders quote below.

 A reminder that we only post comments by individuals who also share their first and last names.

For more news and commentary from Niagara At Large – an independent, alternative voice for our greater bi-national Niagara region – become a regular visitor and subscriber to NAL at http://www.niagaraatlarge.com .

“A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.